Neurosciences Institute will relocate operations to The Village

Biologist Gerald M. Edelman, founder of the Neurosciences Institute, shared the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Rodney Robert Porter for their work on the immune system. Edelman is the father of Neural Darwinism, a theory of brain function.

By Pat Sherman

The Neurosciences Institute (NSI), a non-profit scientific research organization dedi- cated to studying the brain, is leaving the three-building complex atop Torrey Pines Mesa it has occupied since 1995.

In early fall, NSI will vacate the space, which is owned by Scripps Research Institute, relocating to a portion of an office building at the corner of Fay Avenue and Silverado Street in The Village.

The NSI moved from the campus of the Rockefeller University in New York City to La Jolla in 1993, occupying temporary quar- ters while its facility in the UCSD Science Research Park was being constructed. The building, designed by the architecture firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien and Associates, has won numerous awards. While there, NSI of- fered free use of its acoustically superior au- ditorium to nonprofit performing arts organizations that were aligned with NSI’s philosophy.

W. Einar Gall, NSI’s senior vice-president, said the institute will establish its theoretical and experimental research arm in its new headquarters at 800 Silverado St. where it will continue its fundamental neurobiology research. Other programs of the Neurosciences Research Foundation will continue there, and at a location to be determined.

“We are beginning to discuss relationships with institutions on the East Coast that would be a new avenue for us in our re- search activities,” Gall told the La Jolla Light.

Without its laboratory facility, NSI will discontinue its biomedical research — including studies involving animal neurophysiology and molecular biology — and concentrate on its theoretical work, which involves robotics and computer-based brain modeling.

“This theoretical program has been going for some time and will continue,” Gall said, adding that the research involves testing theories about the synergistic relationship between various types of nerve and brain cells.

In the 1980s, when NSI began this work, it was much less common. “Most people at the time were focusing on one particular cell,” Gall said. “We were modeling what might be called regions of the brain.”

NSI was founded in 1981, under the leadership of Nobel Laureate Gerald M. Edelman. Since then, it has focused its research on his principles, underlying how humans perceive and act on the world, how they learn and remember, and how consciousness arises.

NSI receives funding through grants from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), private foundations and other government agencies such as the National Science Foundation.

NSI’s programs have shown that insects sleep in a manner similar to mammals, and how imagination shapes the way people hear musical rhythms.

For more information, visit nsi.edu

Related posts:

  1. Neurosciences venue now under Scripps Research auspices
  2. Performing arts groups in limbo after Neurosciences ends lease
  3. Scripps professor receives NIH Director's Pioneer Award
  4. Neurosciences Institute researcher gets grant to look at decision-making
  5. Scipps Institution scientists honored

Short URL: http://www.lajollalight.com/?p=94064

Posted by Pat Sherman on Aug 23, 2012. Filed under Health & Science, La Jolla, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Summer 2014 Carmel Valley Open Basketball League Champs: ‘Carmel Valley Spurs’ August 30, 2014
    On Aug. 18, the Carmel Valley Spurs defeated the Solana Beach Stray Cats, 67-41, in the 5th/6th grade championship game in the Master Sports Carmel Valley OPEN Basketball League. Over a 10-game season, the offense scored 659 points while giving up only 364 on defense. The average game score was 66-36. They had the best rebounders, best shooters, and best def […]
  • Hundreds turn out for Carmel Valley planning board meeting on One Paseo August 30, 2014
    Hearts and visions collided at the Aug. 28 Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting, where an overflow crowd turned out to debate the future of the last major slice of the community left to be developed. All 400 seats in Canyon Crest Academy’s theater were filled, and people spilled out into the aisles and crammed into standing-room only spots in the b […]
  • Del Mar Library book-to-movie club picks fall reads August 30, 2014
    Print Goes to the Movies, a book/movie discussion group held at the Del Mar Branch Library at 2 p.m. every second Friday, has announced its upcoming dates and movies. […]